Looks like al-Sadr is taking the up-coming US surge of troops seriously, by “getting out of Dodge” before the real action begins. This is not to say he hasn’t troubles of his own, in trying to keep his militia from turning on each other.
The fact that he’s “high tailed” it out of Baghdad, for the safety of Tehran shows the cozy relationship he enjoys with his co-religionists, which perhaps helps to explain how Austrian sniper rifles sent to Iran ended up with insurgents inside Iraq.
“Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon.
Over the last six months American forces have found small caches of the £10,000 rifles but in the last 24 hours a raid in Baghdad brought the total to more than 100, US defence sources reported. The find is the latest in a series of discoveries that indicate that Teheran is providing support to Iraq’s Shia insurgents.”
Tehran is up to its neck in fueling the violence inside Iraq, making it partly responsible for the massive toll in human life of both Sunni and Shi’ia as well as attacks on American soldiers. But the only drum beating we hear, is the one currently being pounded against the US, for its involvement in trying to build a decent society out of Iraq’s murderous past.
Austria is also morally responsible for allowing the export of gun shipments — in spite of US/British concerns that the weapons will be used against their troops — to the Iranians. Those concerns have now been validated, with 170 soldiers being killed by snipers as well as from other Iranian weapons exports. More here. *L* KGS
Update: Fox News reports that al-Sadr may still be in Iraq, though the info is coming from an al-Sadr associate, so that is nothing short of being inconclusive.
CNN headlines a story that a top US general rejects the notion of Iranian governmental involvement in the arming of insurgents in Iraq. But upon reading further, it’s becomes clear that: “The U.S. military has said the munitions are being provided to Shiite groups in Iraq by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds force, which answers directly to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.”
That Iranian weapons and munitions are finding their way inside Iraq, is not in dispute. A Revolutionary Guard official was arrested in Iraq a few weeks ago, as well as other Iranian officers along with documents of weapons sales ect. So the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace’s statement does not appear to be an accurate one, nor CNN’s headline for that matter. Gen. Pace’s statement concerned the lack of hard evidence tying A to C. <---It almost reads like a sentence straight out of a Noam Chomsky book.
But it’s well known that B is supplying C, and that B is answerable to A. So in fact, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenie (the Iranian government) is tied to the arming of the Iraqi Shi’ite militia. *L* KGS